Real Talk | We need a culture change

Real Talk

SHERRY CANNON

I could use this space bemoaning why I vehemently oppose Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme court. It is clear to most of us that he got the benefit of the doubt simply because he is a white man. Being born to wealth and educated in private schools usually means that the rules don’t apply to you.

I could rail against how poorly Dr. Blasey-Ford was treated by the Republicans or how hard Senators Flake and Collins worked to get to a yes vote. I could talk about how disingenuous Republicans were in saying they believed something happened to Dr. Blasey-Ford, but it just wasn’t believable that it was at the hands of Judge Kavanaugh.
In the course of the three weeks it took for his confirmation to pass, in-spite of the glaring facts that he would make a very problematic justice, it is clear we have a broken political system.

We have a Congress that is elected by only 18 percent of the population. A Supreme Court, where four of the nine Justices were appointed by two presidents who both lost the popular vote. Because of the Electoral College System, 13 southern states, have a total of 171 electoral votes and it only takes 270 electoral votes to elect the President.

In the House of Representatives there are 248 men and 83 women, 339 are White, 46 Black, 33 Hispanic, 10 Asian and three other ethnicities. The Senate has 78 men and 21 women, 90 White, three Black, four Hispanic and three Asian. While Congress is overwhelmingly men, women make up 50.8 percent of this nation’s population.

The dominate white male political system in this country has failed us, that is women and people of color, at every level. A Senate with 50 percent women would have never nominated the likes of a Brett Kavanaugh or for that matter a Clarence Thomas. There would be no committees like the Republican judicial committee members that are all white men. Women would never have lobbyist, i.e. the NRA or Big Pharma, bribe them to vote against the interests of their children. A Congress with 50 percent women would never allow healthcare for 50 million Americans be dismantled or vote for a trillion-dollar tax cut that will have to be paid for on the backs of the most vulnerable among us. A 50 percent female Congress would not sit idly by while children are being locked up in cages, while waiting to be reunited with their parents.

Kamala Harris, speaking on the campaign trail in Ohio after the senate voted 50-48 to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, said, “the truth is like the sun, it always comes out.” The truth is, Women, it is time we vote our interest. It is our responsibility as mothers, daughters, aunts and grandmothers to take a stand against a system that is working hard to tell us what we can or cannot do with our bodies; a system that does not demand we earn equal pay for equal work; a system that will dismiss credible information about a nominee to our highest court, of being a bully, liar and sexual predator.

It is clear, this male dominant experiment is not working. The only way to change the culture in this country, is to change the policy makers. On Nov. 6, vote your interest and VOTE for women!

Sherry Cannon



2 comments for “Real Talk | We need a culture change

  1. October 30, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    The National Popular Vote bill is 64% of the way to guaranteeing the majority of Electoral College votes and the presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in the country, by changing state winner-take-all laws (not mentioned in the U.S. Constitution, but later enacted by 48 states), without changing anything in the Constitution, using the built-in method that the Constitution provides for states to make changes.

    It simply requires enacting states with 270 electoral votes to award their electoral votes to the winner of the most national popular votes.

    All voters would be valued equally in presidential elections, no matter where they live.

  2. Katie
    November 2, 2018 at 6:11 am

    Truth. Women electing women who represent women’s interests. Standing for men who will prioritize women’s interests, too, but they better be pretty extraordinary for me to support them, if there is a comparably qualified woman running against him.

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